Joe Manchin (D-WV) warned President Biden against “berating” the GOP during his State of the Union address. In that exchange, he also reportedly credited the GOP for the Biden administration’s accomplishments and urged the president to do the same.
Shortly before Biden’s SOTU address, Manchin made an appearance on Fox News and during that interview, urged Biden to set a new course with Republicans. He even went so far as to encourage Biden to thank their Republican colleagues for their help in the administration’s accomplishments.
“Reset it. Say today is a new day. Recalibrate,” Manchin beseeched the president.
He then went on to tell the interviewer:
“He could not have accomplished everything they’re taking credit for without our Republican friends for working with us. Take credit for that,” Manchin said.
“Don’t just berate people just because they happen to have a D or an R next to their name. That’s what America is sick and tired of,” Manchin continued. “So he can set that. He’s the leader of the free world. Reset that tonight.”
Meanwhile, Biden’s relationship with Republican members of Congress is at an all-time low. The president repeatedly condemned their “Ultra MAGA” agenda and painted them largely as extremists. Manchin has been characterized by his willingness to vote with Republicans on many issues — much to the ire of Biden and the Democratic Party’s so-called ‘progressive’ wing.
Manchin’s appeal for a friendly relationship with Republicans may also be a further hint at a possible 2024 presidential run, which, when asked directly, he refused to rule out. It could also mean that if he doesn’t decide to throw his hat into the presidential ring next year, he might opt to follow in the footsteps of another outspoken Senator from Arizona, Krysten Sinema, who recently chose to abandon the Democratic party and become an Independent.
It has long been rumored that Manchin, a Democrat who somehow managed to get himself elected as a US Senator in a very red state, has also been mulling the prospect of switching party affiliations and defecting from the Democratic party – a move that is believed to be necessary if he is to have any hope of re-election as a Senator for West Virginia.
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